Over the last week, we have be talking about what causes pain during pregnancy. This week we bring you tips on how to prevent or reduce their impact, to reduce pain and discomfort during pregnancy.
Pregnancy involves many changes to the body in a relatively short period. Some of these, especially towards the end of pregnancy, can lead to discomfort and pain.
What causes these changes and what can you do to prevent or reduce their impact?
'Pregnancy creates rapid change in the body, some of which cause pain and discomfort'.
Your physio will provide hands on treatment for pain relief and to restore movement. However, exercises are often provided to help maintain these changes or to assist with healing, correcting bio-mechanics and returning to full function. Exercise based treatment is critical to rehabilitation and prevention. So what do these exercises actually do?
Pain is very complex and our understanding of it has developed significantly in recent years. Have you ever wondered why sometimes injuries don’t hurt as much as you’d expect? or how a small injury could cause so much pain?
Is your injury a sprain or a strain and what do these terms mean? This week we will bring you definitions and explain the difference between these two common injuries.
Sprains and strains both have potential to reoccur. Risk is reduced risk reduced with proper rehabilitation.
Training harder and more often is not always better! A high training load without sufficient recovery can lead to overtraining. This has detrimental effects on the body and increases the chances of developing an overuse injury.
Reference: Brukner, P., Kahn, K. (2009) Clinical Sports Medicine eds (3th edn). McGraw-Hill, North Ryde Australia.
The dead lift is a very popular exercise and when done correctly will work multiple muscle groups, such as the glutes, hamstrings, core and lower back stabilisers. However it is commonly performed incorrectly, putting people at risk of injury. See below for the 6 most common dead lift technique mistakes.
While scans are amazing diagnostic tools, we consider a number of factors before deciding to refer you for an xray, ultrasound or MRI.
Many sports injuries are a result of our bodies not having adequate strength, endurance, coordination or mobility to cope with the activities and sports we participate in.
As preseason for many winter sports starts, it is important to ensure you work on all these factors to reduce your risk of injury.
Winter Sports Preseason:
Fail to prepare or prepare to fail.
Osteoarthritis is when there are structural changes to the cartilage and underlying bone in a joint. OA generally develops over time with repetitive loading of the joint. This can cause pain and loss of function in the joint and surrounding area. As cartilage has poor blood supply, damage cannot heal adequately and the tissue slowly degenerates.
Significant improvement can be made to pain and function with physiotherapy.